|First documented nesting by the green turtle (Chelonia mydas) along the southwest coast of Florida|
Foley, A.M. (1997). First documented nesting by the green turtle (Chelonia mydas) along the southwest coast of Florida. Fla. Sci. 60(4): 205-209
In: Florida Scientist. Florida Academy of Science: Gainsville. ISSN 0098-4590
Distribution > Ecological distribution
Fauna > Aquatic organisms > Aquatic animals > Aquatic reptiles
Chelonia mydas (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]
In 1994, nesting by the green turtle (Chelonia mydas) was documented for the first time along the southwest coast of Florida. Twenty-nine nests were recorded in five southwest west Florida counties. At least seven to ten turtles were thought to be responsible for this nesting activity. Green turtle nesting was also discovered in three Panhandle counties where it had not been previously reported. Overall, the number of counties in Florida where green turtle nesting had been documented increased during 1994 from 14 to 22. Evidence is presented that green turtles had nested in southwest Florida in 1992 but that these nests had been missed by surveys. One green turtle was tagged and mistakenly identified as a loggerhead while nesting on the southwest coast in 1992. This turtle was subsequently observed nesting on the east coast in 1994, suggesting that the green turtles that nest on the west coast may be a part of the much larger aggregation of turtles that nest on the east coast. The fact that green turtles nest on the southwest coast of Florida shows that this species does indeed nest along low-energy coastlines and shows that nesting surveys may not always detect nesting by rare species.